A tense atmosphere in anticipation of more bad news and an air of sadness has engulfed East Jerusalem in the aftermath of the Gaza attacks. The spirit of Christmas has all but died.
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It's time to let Bibi be Bibi. Let him try to govern from the right and see how well that works.
It will be easier for President Obama to deal with Netanyahu than with the almost equally hawkish Tzipi Livni because Livni seems dedicated to ending the conflict.
Tuesday, the right wing coalition won a clear majority. It is, I believe, inevitable that President Peres will give Netanyahu the first shot at forming a government and that Bibi will succeed.
The crucial point about Hamas that is always overlooked is that at every point in their interaction with Israel and peace-seeking Palestinians, they have chosen the path of armed aggression.
In the end, regardless of who wins, Obama's domestic priorities, bad peace process options, and Israel's inherent caution are unlikely to generate any wild surprises.
With less than a week to go before elections in Israel, the three main rivals are locked in fierce debate not about whether the devastating war in Gaza went too far, but whether it went far enough.
It is difficult to be optimistic. But I can be hopeful that, with the appointment of George Mitchell, the region is getting what may very well be its last best chance at securing peace.
The International Criminal Court is exploring ways to prosecute Israeli commanders over alleged war crimes in Gaza.
The alleged crimes include the us...
In the war's aftermath it is important that attention be paid not only to Gaza's physical wounds and its immediate humanitarian needs, but to the psychic wounds of the survivors.
Replacing U.S. archenemy Hugo Chávez, the Venezuelan president who recently expelled the Israeli ambassado, the new hero of the Arab street is Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
US Middle East envoy George Mitchell on Thursday said that the Gaza crossings must be opened in cooperation with the Palestinian Authority.
In a pr...
The BBC has let down its worldwide viewership by refusing to broadcast this charity appeal to help Palestinian victims of the violence.
A day after Israel ended its assault in Gaza Strip, my family (like countless other civilians) finally returned to the ruined remnants of their former lives and homes.
Given the overwhelming odds facing a two-state solution, a strong American negotiating presence will be necessary, of a sort not seen since... well, ever.
"Patients died on the floor of the operating room because we had only six operating rooms," said Dr. Saeed Abuhassan. "And really we don't know enough about the kinds of weapons that have been used against Gaza."
Here is the obvious strategy to Gaza crisis that is being whispered about and probably has the best chance of succeeding and stopping the craziness and bloodshed.
If Israel were ever to be charged with "war crimes," that would mark the end of international human rights law as a neutral arbitrator of conduct.
As we peer into the abyss, we believe that the establishment of a War Crime Tribunal needs to be supported both by Israel's friends as well as by supporters of Palestine.
In Amman, demonstrators took to the streets Tuesday to celebrate Bush's departure by tossing shoes at a banner with his picture on it. They did not, however, celebrate Obama's inauguration.
We can't ignore this fact: Gaza is becoming not the embryo of the so-desired Palestinian State, but the advance base of a total war against the Jewish State.
If you are looking for a better source of news on this catastrophe, may I recommend Paul Woodward's War in Context.
From the civilian deaths in Gaza will spring more hatred and terrorism. Yet no people are so prone as Americans and Israelis to think admiringly of our own good intentions.
Along with the images of bloodied children, scenes of destruction and carnage in Gaza, debates on Arab disunity have increased in the Arab media.
It might be pushing the envelope to call Obama the peacemaker here, but it's hard to deny that his impending entrance to the world stage has an effect.
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